Dry Dock Hefeweizen - Dry Dock Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 34
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Dry Dock Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: mentor on 01-28-2011

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Ratings: 136 | Reviews: 44
Reviews by SteveB24:
Photo of SteveB24
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Very nice representative of the style, light but not watery, mildly sweet, medium carbonation, slightly creamy and flavors of wheat, mild banana, mild cloves, bread, and yeast. If I had regular access to it it would be a frequent summer buy.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Ryndom
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really liked this beer. Always enjoy a good Hefeweizen (really just learned what that meant), never liked the super hoppy taste of an IPA. I like it with a shot of Grand Marnier. Good beer

The flavor was just right, a little sweet - and smooth. Wish I knew more words to describe the flavor, but it is really good.

Photo of Beaver13
2.62/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can. Pours hazy straw gold with a small white head that quickly disappears.

The aroma is sweet wheat malts, banana and a little clove spicing.

The flavor is wheaty malts with some sweet fruit and banana and some earthy yeast. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and is a bit watery.

Overall, an OK hefe. Lots of banana and wheat. Sweet and watery.

Photo of Franziskaner
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden with a hazy complexion. A fingernail thin layer of off white foam covers the majority of the top. Aroma is full of refreshing banana esters and pale wheat. The flavor is comprised of banana and almost a bubble gum sweetness is prominent along with the pale wheat. The mouth is light very delicate. This is great to combat the summer heat.

Photo of LXIXME
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big white head slowly recedes above a cloudy pale washout golden colored hefeweizen.

Cloves seem to dominate over a light banana and even lighter lemon in the aroma of this beer.

The banana comes through more in the taste than it did in the aroma, balancing out the cloves some and even letting a light lemon come through in the taste.

A very light bodied beer with a bit of the tastes remaining behind in a light dryish aftertaste.

This seems to be a very drinkable hefe, I would think this would be a even better paired with the right food offering.

Photo of GilGarp
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber served cold into an imperial pint glass. Not the ideal weather for a light wheat beer (temps in the teens, snow on the ground) but what the heck?

Dry Dock's Hefeweizen is a cloudy pale yellow color with thin white head. It manages to have good retention but not much lacing. I pour the first half without stirring up the yeast sediment.

Aroma is a beautiful combination of banana, bubble gum, and light spice notes.

Flavor is excellent as well and probably as good as it gets for American versions of this style. It's light in body and flavor but it has great depth and wonderful subtleties that makes beers like this special. Wheat, lemon, banana, clove, and cake.

Mouthfeel is light in body and perfectly carbonated. Easy drinking but a joy to behold.

Overall an excellent version of the style. We're lucky to have Dry Dock here in Denver and shouldn't take it for granted.

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Truly a good traditional weissbier. Pours a light, brilliant hazy color with creamy head. Nose has a wonderfully assertive bready, estery quality with clove banana. Loft of soft wheat on the palate with more bready goodness, no overly banana, and a creamy mouthfeel. High drinkability as well. Like this beer, a lot.

Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber in Colorado Springs. I'd say the flavors are well balanced but the beer itself is a touch sweet. Other than that it's a fine session beer and hefe. A lot of wheat beers get too thin or sharp when they drop closer to 4%. There's a lovely soft wheat bread malt flavor with more banana in the aroma along with typical clove spices. I guess I'd want this to be a touch more crisp, but this is a fine beer.

Photo of Blargimus
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into wine glass. No bottling or best by date found.

Pours a very nice golden color, obviously very hazy. A little bit of white head that dissipates very quickly. Leaves some lacing on the glass and surface.

Woo! That is a nice smell. Bananas and yeast predominate. Classic hefe.

The wheat malt comes through more strongly than the smell would suggest, which I like. Very slight hops at first, but none in the aftertaste. Bananas and yeast are both strong. Delightful.

The fact that there is almost no head made me think this wouldn't be particularly carbonated, but it has just the right amount. Wonderful prickling sensation with every sip. Light and refreshing.

Overall, I would drink the hell out of this. And at 4.3% abv, I can.

EDIT: Once I got to the bottom and swirled some more yeast into the glass, I added an extra half point to the mouthfeel and overall. This beer is FANTASTIC.

Photo of puboflyons
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 22 oz. bottle purchased at the brewery and sampled on September 6, 2012.

The pour is a cloudy light amber-pale yellow with a tremendous white, puffy head. The head settles but it takes awhile.

The aroma is full of wheat, banana, and yeast with the pale malts a little downplayed. But the aroma is wholly inviting.

The body is light but also smooth and creamy.

The taste is much like the aroma with plenty of wheat and banana along with a low bitterness that lingers momentarily on the finish. This is a fine example of a Hefeweizen.

Photo of blakelive784
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 fl oz can served in a weizen glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a hazy and cloudy light golden color with one finger of thin, just off-white head. Retention is ok. Large yeast particles are visible. Appealing (at least in my book.)

S - Huge banana and clove nose. Bready and buscuity yeast. Sweet and tart. Spicy wheat foundation. A bit simple, but incredibly inviting. I'm looking forward to it.

T - Follows the nose closely. Thick, doughy yeast open a clean base malt and wheat foundation. Yeasty esters throughout. Fruity without being sweet. The banana notes are incredibly fresh. No hops character whatsoever. I like it a lot.

M - Medium bodied and crisp. A bit chewy.

D - This goes down way too easy. A great offering now that Dry Dock is canning. Surprisingly, one of the best I've had in the style (and not just American hefes.) I'll be buying it again.

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer was golden colored and hazy, just the way it should be. There was an off white head on the beer that made it just look perfect in the glass. The aroma was of bananas and bready wheat. The beer tasted like wheat and yeast and maybe a little orange citrus taste.

Overall this was an awesome Weizen!

Photo of Dave_Treat
2.86/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Not a very good hefe. Very week and minimal flavor.

Photo of MichaelB_in_CO
4.83/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This golden beer will wet anyone's whistle. A pure hefe weissen taste, but this has a strong (but not too strong) hint of banana, more so than any other weisse beers I've had.

I strongly recommend getting this in a bottle, pouring it into a glass until there is about 10% left in the bottle, then shaking vigorously (with your finger over the top obviously!) to get all of the sediment out and dump on the top to create a head that trickles the goodness down your beer as the head thins.

Absolutely delicious weisse beer! One of the best in my opinions!

Photo of Thorpe429
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Dry Dock. Hazy golden. Clove, wheat, banana, and a bit of bubblegum. Awesome. One of the better American hefeweizens that I've had.

Photo of woodychandler
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Today is my New CANorado Beer Sunday and this one was part of an in-person trade with Blargimus whom I have traded with before, but never in person. He is a Bar Trivia master and so The Old Lady and I trekked down to play and then swapped beers afterwards. Slainte!

From the CAN: "Da such ich meine Freude. - There I seek for my happiness."; "A traditional German-Style wheat beer with a huge banana nose mit Hefe. Rouse yeast before pouring."; "Small Brewing Company of the Year, 2009 Great AmeriCAN Beer Festival"; "Gold Medal 2011 Silver Medal 2010 & 2009 Great AmeriCAN Beer Festival South German Style Hefeweizen".hat

As a retired sailor, this whole lineup really speaks to me. From the logo of the sailing ship to the nautical references to the sly humor, I CAN really dig it all.

Following directions, I roused the yeast before I even CANtemplated beginning the Crack & Glug. It was worthwhile as I not only garnered a finger of bone-white head with decent retention, but I got something that looked like Hefeweizen in my glass, as opposed to Kristalweiss. It was a cloudy lemon-yellow, SRM = ~ 6. Nose smelled of the kitchen sink - bananas, bubble gum, cloves. Mouthfeel was soft, like a gentle caress of my tongue. The taste was likewise all over the map. Pink bubble gum, initially, followed by overripe bananas and finally, clove cigarettes. Finish CANtinued the same stream of flavors and the clove lingered well past the swallow. I will cop yet again to this being one of my least favorite styles, but this one was one of the best CANned iterations in a while. I know that the right way (for me) would be to lager the beer, which would really bring out the clove esters. Ah well.

Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into an antique Czech tall pilsner glass.

The pour yields three fingers of bone white head that quicly falls to a thin layer on the surface. The body is very light straw colored and slightly hazy.

Very pale bready wheat and barley malts pair with a light creamy banana aroma to form the backbone of the nose. The usual fruity, slightly spicy yeast notes are vibrant and crackling with freshness. This leans toward banana and away from clove or coriander. Wonderful aroma.

The flavor doesn't quite live up to the excellent aroma, but it is still excellent. The malts are crackery and provide a nice structure for the yeast flavors to play on. I am surprised by how light the malts are, which is a nice change. The yeast comes through with style in the flavor, but lacks a bit of the luster it showed in the aroma. The flavor isn't quite as dry as some, with a touch of sweetness in the middle. I detect even a bit of vanilla.

The mouthfeel is light and the carbonation is surprisingly low. This combination make this beer outstandingly drinkable. There is a feel in the mouth, maybe it is the sweetness, that I think detracts. I keep wishing this beer was drier.

Conclusion: This is maybe the 3rd best Hefeweizen I have tasted. If it were a little drier in feel and taste I believe it would be even better. This beats out hundreds of generic American interpretations of the wonderful style. The only American brewery I have encountered that trumps this beer is Live Oak. Excellent work.

Photo of CornedBeef
4.64/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a glass.

Appearance - Great color, not as cloudy as I'd like to see in a hefe. Decent head.

Smell - Great aroma, not overbearing but very pleasant.

Taste - Exactly what I want from a hefe: great balance between the wheatiness and the hefe yeast flavors.

Mouthfeel - Very light, decently carbonate.

Easily one of the best hefeweizens out there, definitely deserved the gold at GABF. I would love to get over the taproom sometime and give it a taste on-tap.

Photo of Tone
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, straw color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, strong wheat, slight pale malt, hint of hop, hint of clove, slight citrus, and slight yeast. Fits the style of a Hefeweizen. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with a high carbonation level. Tastes of wheat, pale malt, slight sweet malt, clove, hint of citrus, slight hops, and yeast. Overall, weak appearance, but good aroma, body, and blend. Also, a good complexity level to both aroma and body.

Photo of kojevergas
3.42/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a nonical pint glass in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery, which I'm increasingly growing to fancy.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm slightly over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a four finger head of white colour, slight cream, okay thickness, and good retention (though the ABV is below average). A murky hazy pale yellow colour. Nontransparent. Nonopaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Lemon, banana, clove, clean wheat, and fruit peel. Light fruit hopping. A delightfully fresh aroma. I'm impressed. Moderately strong. Very inviting for the style.

T: Very fresh and enjoyable. Lemon, banana, clove, a wheat foundation, and indistinct fruit (possibly orange) peel. Somewhat simple, but pleasant. I like it, but it's not fantastic. The aroma promised a better flavour. Some nice subtlety, but little complexity. Hints of yeast and light hopping.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavour. Adequate carbonation. Adequate thickness. Suits the flavours fairly well.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but not great. A solid offering from Dry Dock, but not an ideal one. I'd try it on draught. Low ABV. Very refreshing. A great summer brew.

B-

A poor candidate for aging.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dry Dock's Hefeweizen pours with a hazy goldenrod appearance. While building a relatively short statured head for its style, its fluffed cotton white foam clumps on the glass and offers up long lasting retention.

But its balanced attack of banana, clove and bubblegum aromatics really starts to sing the praises of traditional Hefeweizens. Secondary notes of white pepper tingle the nose white a musty wheat note supports all the aromas with bready sweetness and refined sugar. Lightly acidic notes of apple sulfur and citrusy lemons add a zesty scent that the beer would otherwise regret.

It's soft, it's complex, and it's balanced- the taste is equal parts creamy wheat, confectioner's sugar, and fruit. Banana first, but then the the esters morph into papaya, citrus oils, lemons, and apples as the beer traverses across the palate. And from left field comes the taste of Juicy Fruit bubblegum that suddenly hits you as the taste culminates nearing finish. Lightly musty from grain sweetness, the beer closes with even more complexities of vanilla and mint.

Light and creamy on the tongue, the beer's malt influences are short-sighted because of the beer's lacking carbonation. Lingering sweetness is brought to the forefront and is slow to recede as the beer lightens to near-watering textures and slight thinness in mid palate. , slight linger of sweet. But finishing spicy, simmering with minty-warmth and evaporative cooling, the beer is refreshing and complex from start to finish.

While not perfect, Dry Dock's Hefeweizen fares better than most versions even from Deutschland. Its lighter carbonation causes fits in the appearance and mouthfeel departments, but all of the other complexities, requirements, and even some intangibles are there that would otherwise really set the beer apart. Comparisons are drawn to examples like Franziskaner and New Glarus Dancing Man Wheat.

Photo of Schmittymack
4.85/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 22oz bomber into SA Perfect Pint glass.
Poured a cloudy straw colored gold with a nice white head that lingered for quite awhile. Bananna and clove on the nose. Taste was very very nice (and this is not my favorite style): Citrusy, bananna, a touch of clove, and wonderful tasting malt. Dry Dock hit it out of the park on this one; girlfriend says it deserves a gold for the style at GABF--I think I concur.

Photo of mactrail
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A weird perfumey taste at first couple of sips, but mellows somewhat as you taste. Big flavors with the yeast predominating, followed by some lemon and a touch of cloves. Pours a first glass of clear golden, but a very thick sediment on the bottom. Very aromatic with more cloves and the long yeasty esters. Big rich mouthful of flavor, and tastes like lots of malt, but alcohol is certainly modest, even for the style. A touch of candy and spearmint along with the rather acidic finish.

22 oz bottle from Grapevine Liquors in Denver.

Photo of SamN
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like a damn solid hefeweizen; hazy, golden, moderate carbonation. Not much head, but solid looks. Damn fine smells, too; lots of that lovely banana smell that I love. Taste follows pretty closely with the banana-yeast flavors, but with a slight faded finish, reminiscint of adjuncts. Taste just kind of falls flat into a slightly metallic muddle at the very end.

Pretty damn good hefe, with the aroma being it's best feature, by far. So much banana and bubblegum!

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

quite a nice brew, but I had only had it on tap. Bottle time.

Light golden pour, hazy a bit. Big white, foamy thick head. Lacing is somewhat sticky

Clove and banana dominate the nose, slight hint of husk. Almost zesty spice. Lemon rind and persimmon subtle hints

Light bread underneath and throughout. Would be sweet, but the clove and banana overpower it. Zesty, perhaps some white pepper characteristics. Mint and some earth spice/herbals. Floral in the end.
The on-tap version had a bit more pop to it, probably from the CO2. Carbonation would make this that much more refreshing and crisp. Still, a darn good beer.

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Dry Dock Hefeweizen from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.